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Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Anchorage can be rough. But you don’t have to choose between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve assembled some tips to help you out.

The top thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system operating reliably and efficiently, and Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services is here to assist. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll complete the following tasks recommended by ENERGY STAR and more:

  • Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors to ensure safe operation of your system and the possibility of a longer lifespan for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as need be. Dirty coils require your system to operate harder to do its job.
  • Check system controls to make sure of proper and safe operation.
  • Look at refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to assure accurate system airflow.

Another key to keeping cool is regularly inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can increase energy expenses and damage your equipment, leading to early failure. Our Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services professionals will inspect these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to make your own schedule to swap them out.

Here are some other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:

  • Look at thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
  • If it is cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let nature cool your home for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to hold on to the cool air and block the sun’s heat.
  • Use fans to your advantage. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a bit higher than you routinely would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another type of fan people often forget about when they’re working to keep cool is their bathroom ventilation fan. Be sure to run yours when you shower as well as 20 minutes or longer after you’re done to get rid of the heat and humidity from your home.
  • Work to not leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven are adding heat into your home, but even normal activities like watching TV, working on the computer, and drying or curling your hair can boost the heat in your home.

If you’d like additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services at call at 907-202-9798 or request an appointment with us online.